Archos 43 portable media player now available; $249.99

Archos 43 portable media player now available; $249.99

Summary: Archos has another portable media player out on the market. The petite Android-based Archos 43 brings quite a bit to the table for $249.99.

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Archos has another portable media player out on the market. The petite Android-based Archos 43 brings quite a bit to the table for $249.99.

Weighing in at 4.6 ounces, the Archos 43 sports a 4.3-inch touch screen with a 854 x 480 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio, making it ready for HD video playback. Some of those videos could be your own creations thanks to the built-in HD camcorder, which allows for shooting a max resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Those movies (and other files) can be transferred via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI or even 3G if your smartphone supports tethering.

Other need-to-know specs include a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, a 3G graphics accelerometer for some 3D gaming on-the-go, a max battery life of 36 hours (when set to music playback), and compatibility with Windows, Mac and Linux systems. And yes, the Archos 43 has been treated to a bit of Froyo.

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  • RE: Archos 43 portable media player now available; $249.99

    So Archos can't make a media player cheaper than Apple?
    Synthmeister
  • Love it

    I have an Archos 5 and I love it.

    I use it far more than I thought I would.
    Tim Patterson
  • "3G graphics accelerometer"?

    Or "3D graphics acceleration"?
    steve_jonesuk@...
  • Capacity?

    Drive size? How much data can this thing hold?
    genehunter@...
  • Let's compare, er, Apples and Apples

    The iPod Touch, with a 3.7" screen, is actually about halfway between the Archos 32 (3.2" screen) and the Archos 43 (4.3" screen).. yeah, the iPod has a higher resolution screen, but for watching video, size beats resolution in a small device.

    The Archos 32, with 8GB of Flash and 800MHz Cortex A8, is $140 on Amazon. That's with camera, WiFi, Android, etc... for less than the iPod Nano, much less the fairly comparable iPod Touch. Do you really think Apple has the price advantage here?

    The iPod Touch 4, with 8GB of Flash and 800MHz A8, is $224. You can't get a 16GB iPod Touch anymore. The 32GB version is $289, while the 16GB Archos 43 is $245... it runs a 1000MHz A8 processor. Add as many 16GB ($25) or 32GB ($80) microSD cards as you need.. the Archos actually does come out a bit cheaper.

    And of course, if you're really on a budget, the 4GB Archos 28 is under $100... a real Android PMP/PDA priced halfway between the Nano and the Shuffle.

    And Archos is just the early entry... they've been making these for a long time. Philips (GoGear Connect), Sony, Dell, Samsung (Galaxy Player 50), Creative Labs (Zen Touch 2), Viliv (P3 Prime) and various others have been releasing or at least showing Android PDA/PMP devices.
    Hazydave
  • Okay... lets get it all resolved.

    This is going for the same price as the ENTRY level iPod Touch. Mind you the Touch has 8GB memory, 3.5 inch screen and a 800mhz ARM cortex processor cut back to 600mhz (intentionally).<br><br>The Archos 43 has 16GB storage PLUS a micro SDHC slot for expansion!, a 4.3 inch screen and a 1Ghz ARM cortex processor that hasn't been held back......oh I almost for got, it's got a nice little kickstand to hold it upright while you watch your videos.<br>There is one con.... the battery life. I must admit Apple has them there. They gained the better battery life by retarding the processor....sorry I rather have the power.<br><br>Seems to me all in all the Archos kicks Apples butt!
    devlin_X
  • Player

    Wow cool portable player.
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